BOULDER, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams opened the outdoor portion of their 2014-15 campaign with a solid showing during Saturday's Jerry Quiller Classic. Freshman Ricky Faure and sophomore Megan Brunette ran top-10 times in UW history, while the majority of the Cowboys and Cowgirls got a chance to compete in 70-degree weather.
"We are in the hardest training phase of our season right now, so when you look through the results you don't see anything too impressive, but our kids went out there and took advantage of nice weather and got a competition in," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "Our kids competed well after training hard the last few weeks and we can't always get outside during this time of year in this region, so it was a good start to the outdoor season."
After notching the Cowboys' fourth-fastest 800 meters during the indoor season, Faure started the outdoor season on the right foot by winning the event on Saturday in an altitude-converted time of 1:49.76, which ranks ninth in UW history. Junior Amos Bowen, sophomore Jordan Charles and junior Scott Carter also won events for the Cowboys. Bowen was first in the steeplechase in 9:16, Charles the same in the 400-meter hurdles at 53.46 and Carter in the triple jump at 48-3 1/4. Charles was also runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.47, while Carter was third in the long jump at 22-11 1/4. For the throws crew, junior Tyler Anderson threw 195-10 in the hammer for third, while senior Paul Thomas notched a toss of 174-2 for second in the discus.
Brunette paced the Cowgirls with a runner-up finish in the 10,000 meters in 37:11.04, good for eighth in UW history in the event. Sophomore Kerry White, senior Erin Kirby, freshman Hannah Carr and senior Audrey West took top honors in events for the Cowgirls. White crossed the line first in the 800 meters in 2:12, Kirby in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:02, Carr in the discus with a toss of 151-9 and West in the long jump with a leap of 17-8. West also placed second in the 100 meters in 12.38. Other highlights for the throws crew included senior Shreese Daniels finishing runner-up in the hammer at 180-0 and freshman Madison Seaman third in the discus at 143-10. Sophomore Mikalah Skates was second in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.46, while freshman Heidi Pfoor was third in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:04. Junior McKenzie Brogan ran 57.10 in the 400 meters for third.
Wyoming continues its season at the Fum McGraw Triangular on March 28 in Fort Collins, Colo.